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WMA WEMT Upgrade Course

Looking to take next step in your Emergency Medical career? You’ll have the perfect opportunity in August when Alice Henshaw from AVH Global will be teaching WMA’s Wilderness EMT course at Cornell. Open to the public, this course requires that attendees are currently certified EMT’s. This course is ideal for those who would like to enhance their skills and experience for use in remote environments. While the course title says “Wilderness” it’s scope is a bit broader than what you might think of. It’s not just for over the river and through the woods! Any responder involved in disaster response, rural settings, law enforcement or search and rescue could find themselves needing the additional skills covered in this course. Like all of WMA International training, it’s based on the best medical practices and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places.

What can you expect when taking this course with Alice? Given that it’s “Wilderness” EMT, expect that you won’t spend much time in a conventional classroom, that’s for sure. It’s the “difficult and dangerous places” part that mean attendees should plan on being, well—outside! Students will have the opportunity to practice lots of outdoor skills and experience the wide variety of terrain of the Cornell Campus—from Cornell’s Arboretum and the Hoffman Challenge Course to the Monkey Run trails and gorges!

For more information contact Alice Henshaw at


Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Included Materials

All published teaching materials are produced and provided by Wilderness Medical Associates International at no additional cost. Students will receive the following textbooks and notes on course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner

  • Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook

  • SOAP Notebook


Current EMT or other professional medical certification is required.

Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course.

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also need pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. Review the Student Handbook for more comprehensive information on what to bring and how to prepare for a course.

FOR INFO: Jessica Dobler CUEMS TO REGISTER: Cornell Outdoor Education (607) 255-6183 or email

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